Motorized powered scooters are the next Big Thing in electric transportation. They are incredibly convenient, portable, and faster than ever. electric scooters are perfect for urban commuters who need to get the “last mile” from the office to the train station or bus stop. They are also great for sight-seeing and travel. And in this climate of high gas prices, it is an inexpensive, eco-friendly alternative.
You may wonder if an e-scooter is best for you. Is the electric scooter a fad or just a toy? Can you ride an e-scooter on the street and take it to work? How does it work? How fast and how far can the e-scooter go? What other smart features are available?
Here are answers to some of the most popular questions we get asked about stand up electric scooters.
Is a standup electric scooter a toy?
A Toy? Not at all!
After all, these aren’t toy Razor kick scooters or Fuzion stunt scooters. New battery and motor technology has made adult E-scooters the preferred mode of transportation in many major cities. Places such as Nashville, Atlanta, and San Francisco even offer scooter rental service for tourism, just like bike-sharing. But if you are a commuter it makes more financial sense to purchase your own e-scooter rather than rent from Bird, Spin, Lime, and other dockless scooter sharing services.
How does an electric scooter work?
The adult e-scooter uses lithium ion batteries. Its powerful, UL-listed electric system power a high performance motor attached to the wheels. The rider simply twists the throttle to accelerate, similar to using a moped or motorcycle. She does not need to kick or pedal, just enjoy the ride.
Is an e-scooter good for commuting?
If you ride a bus or train, you need a folding electric scooter. The battery life will let you glide the last 11 miles from the metro station to your job. When you are at the office, plug your Swagger 5 e-scooter into any wall outlet and charge in as little as 3.5 hours. An e-scooter enhances public transit by getting you from the rail station or bus depot to your final destination. Cities are creating safer, more efficient transportation that reduce our reliance on automobiles, so electric scooters are valuable complements to those efforts.
Is an electric scooter portable?
The Swagger 5 e-scooter is a compact, portable travel scooter that is perfect when you’re on the go. Fold it up for easy transport — in your car, van, on the bus, or even an airplane. Receiving great scores in portability, design, and performance, the Swagger 5 e-scooter conveniently folds to a tiny 41.5 x 17 x 19 inch size. The lightweight aluminum frame weighs only 26 lbs, making it easy to store or carry.
Where can I ride an electric scooter?
An electric scooter is ideal for those who commute within the city. While more and more localities allow them on the street or sidewalk, it’s always best to check with your local Department of Public Safety for the rules in your area. The Swagger 5’s compact size and light weight help you get away from traffic congestion, too. The e-scooter can be ridden on a trail, bicycle path, or bike-way. It features 8.5-inch wheels with air-filled tires, making for a smooth ride over rough surfaces. An LED headlight and brake light keep you visible for riding at night.
How fast is the electric scooter?
Even though it is lightweight and portable, the e-scooter doesn’t compromise on performance. The 250-watt motor zooms up to 18 mph/29km/h. It’s fast and powerful : getting up to speed feels effortless. It is a great e-scooter for racing or sightseeing, perfect for scenic vacations, and ideal for letting you knock out quick errands or trips to the convenience store in no time!
How far can the electric scooter go?
Get there and back with up to 11 mi/17.7 km on a single charge!
The Swagger 5 is one of the first electric scooters with regenerative braking. This recaptures the energy that it takes to slow down and stop, helping recharge the battery for even longer riding time.
Is there an Android/iOS app?
Yes! Pair your iOS or Android-compatible device with the Swagger app via Bluetooth. You can use the app to lock down your scooter, switch riding modes, plan your route with GPS, and much more.
There’s even a convenient phone mount that turns your smartphone into your dashboard. The easy-to-use smartphone app displays current speed, remaining power, and other real-time riding statistics.
e scooters have a lot of features you may not realize. They aren’t just for kids and thrill seekers. The stand-up e-scooter is a great choice for adults who routinely travel short distances. They are often used in urban areas where you can fold them up and take them on the train, then zoom the last few miles to the office or grocery store. In many areas you can ride them on the street, sidewalk, or bike path, and they are a great in areas where automobile traffic or parking is a hassle.
The powerful lithium batteries make a scooter like the SWAGTRON Swagger 5 zoom at 18 miles per hour with an 11 mile distance until you need to charge. And the latest scooters even have a Bluetooth app that talks to your iPhone or Android device.
Comparison Chart of 2018 Best Selling Electric Scooters
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Enter for the chance to win our brand new SwagCycle Pro! We are taking alternate modes of transportation to the next level in the hopes of keeping our Earth nice and clean! In honor of Earth Day, it’s time to show us YOUR efforts in sustaining our lovely planet.
By taking a photo showing us how you are taking care of the Earth, posting it on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and using the hashtag #SaveWithSwag you will be entered into our Earth Day Giveaway.
Giveaway starts April 17th and ends April 22nd. It’s time start planning your post!
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- Giveaway starts April 17th, 2018 8:30 AM. Ends April 22, 2018 11:59PM
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On Valentine’s Day, we announced the winner of our BIGGEST Instagram giveaway! And to show our love and appreciation to those who follow us, we gave away not just one, but TWO T580 hoverboards. The reason we wanted to give away two hoverboards is that we wanted our winner to share their Swagtron experience with someone special! By following our page, tagging two friends and liking our photo on our Instagram giveaway post, Instagrammer and blogger Ronnie Sarmiento, was chosen at random and named the winner.
Soon after receiving the hoverboards, Ronnie Sarmiento decided to surprise his girlfriend by giving her one of the T580’s he won. He happily documented their experience in a vlog which is now up on his YouTube channel! So, check out Ronnie and his girlfriend try their hoverboards by clicking the link down below!
Is it just me, or did January feel like it lasted forever! Now that we are FINALLY in February, SWAGTRON would like to announce that we are hosting one of the biggest giveaways we’ve ever done!
As you know, Valentine’s Day is coming up and since it’s a holiday all about love, we are showing our appreciation to those who love us. To enter the Valentine’s Day Giveaway just follow a couple steps listed below.
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- Follow us on Instagram @SwagtronUSA.
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What do you give a man who has everything (and by everything, I mean me)
If you’re anything like me, you haven’t even thought of what to buy for your significant other-until right now.
After hours of google-searching and pinterest-ing, I just couldn’t find anything that my boyfriend would like that he doesn’t have already.
My boyfriend is a total tech nerd, so I tried searching for gadgets and toys that are not totally boring and won’t break the bank. Nothing really stood out to me that he would actually enjoy or use on a daily basis. My boyfriend is pretty minimalist, so he only keeps what he considers “essential.”
When I started thinking of something I could get him for outside, it hit me. He always complains about how long the walk to campus is or how crowded the bus is, so I thought of the perfect solution: electric rideable.
He was a skater boy, I said see ya later boy
My boyfriend was an avid longboard rider a couple years ago, but gradually stopped using it. I remember he loved riding but I think eventually he just stopped because it wasn’t substantially decreasing the amount of effort it took as opposed to just walking to campus.
Since he is such a tech nerd, I know he’s going to love the idea of a board that is electric (aka that does the work for him). Now he won’t have to kick his board along, and it will make the commute so much easier for him.
After evaluating my options, I think the hoverboard is the most high-tech (futuristic AF) option. The Swagtron T580 was the most affordable hoverboard I found with some pretty cool features I know my boyfriend is gonna think are awesome. The dual battery is 150W and can go up to 8 miles on a charge. Also it can hold up to 220 lbs (my boyfriend is kinda a bigger guy so this was important). And not to mention- it’s bluetooth pairable??? The future is now!
Anyways, I just ordered him a red one and I can’t wait to see the look on his face when he opens it up. Keep y’all posted for his reaction!
Whether you’re looking to become the next big FPV racing champ or learn the basics of drone flying so you can capture some cool aerial footage – you’re in the right place.
Drones have sparked a fire of creativity in hobbyist flyers and commercial pilots alike. From mapping new designs, spearheading a new method of overhead cinematography, to racing through creatively constructed courses, drone enthusiasts have taken their inspirations to new heights.
But before you run outside and take to the skies with your brand new drone, it’s essential to make sure you are familiar with your controls and terms!
How do you control your drone?
Most FPV drones come with a controller and a special headset that allows you to see what your drone sees!
On your average controller you’ll find 2 main sticks that act of your throttle and help control the direction your quad flies in – because, spoiler, your thumbs will be telling you’re drone where to go!
Your controller is also decked out with additional AUX switches for toggling between other flying modes, as well as the ability to switch on other features (i.e.: lights).
Terms you definitely want to know before taking to the skies:
- Pitch – You can control the “pitch” of your drone using the up/down toggle on the right hand switch of your controls. When someone starts chatting you up about a quad’s pitch, what they are actually talking about is the up/down movement a drone makes from nose to tail (or front to back, really).
- Roll – You can control which way your quadcopter rolls using the left/right toggle on your right hand switch. This toggle will help your drone fly sideways from right to left.
- Yaw – Last but not least is yaw, which might be the most confusing for first-timer pilots to learn. Yaw isn’t too hard though! It’s just rotating the quad’s “head” from right to left (whereas “roll” is shifting the entire drone – head, body, and all – from side to side.
Other useful terms would be…
Uplift vs. Downfall…
You might already have a pretty good guess what these two terms might mean but just in case:
- Uplift – Imagine a kid helping his toy space rocket lift off the ground, exclaiming, “Take off!” Well, the concept of “uplift” for drones is pretty much the same. Uplift is when a quad takes off from the ground into the air.
- Downfall – While it has the word “fall” compounded in there, no, downfall doesn’t have anything to do with your drone crashing into the ground. Instead, it is when a pilot gently makes a controlled landing on the ground – safe and sound.
Know before you take-off…
While there are a ton of different possibilities on how you can put your new quad through its paces, it is vital to research the regulations surrounding drone flight before you take off. There are rules established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) all drone pilots must obey.
- Register your pilot’s license
Almost all pilots are required to apply and pass the FAA’s specialized test in order to obtain a remote pilot certificate.
- Register your drone
This rue hinges on whether you’re flying a quad as a hobby or for commercial uses. If you are a non-hobbyist,” you will be required to register your quadcopter at any of the locations that FAA has kindly listed.
- Keep clear of airports
No drones are allowed to fly within a five-miles of all airports – be sure to leave that patch of sky clear for the airplanes!
- Google the drone laws in your state
Each state has differing laws on the utilization of drones equipped with cameras – i.e.: it is not legal in the state of California to use a drone to film a person without their consent.
And if you’re just looking for a few little-known facts to impress your friends at your next meet-up…
- Leave your drone home when it comes to your next big camping trip at Yellowstone… Drones are banned from all National Parks! (Bummer!)
- It’s estimated that in the next 15 year, there will be over 20,000 drones in the sky in the United States.
- Started in 2014, drone racing has grown into such a popular sport that it now has its own official Drone Racing League (DRL).
- The DRL uses large venues to build specialized courses for pilots to race their FPV quads through.
- Drones have a multitude of different uses including: video recording, medicine delivery, landscape/property surveying, and more.
- Previously famous for their “30 minutes or it’s free!” guarantee, titan pizza providers at Domino’s are considering rolling with a drone pizza delivery system.
So, there you have it. Whether you’re a wanna-be pilot dreaming of making your drone daydreams into a high-flying reality, or a veteran poking around to learn all you can, you’re now armed with a great combination of the basics and little-known facts.
Electric scooters are the most easily accessible and fastest mode of personal transportation. They’re lightweight, issue zero emissions, and have extremely friendly learning curves – and, I mean, who didn’t fly down the street on a beaten up kick scooter as a kid?
E-scooters are the next-step-up for the generation that grew up pushing a scooter. They are one of the most straightforward electric rideables with clearly shared characteristic recognizable from its non-motorized counterparts. When you step back and look at an electric scooter, it still resembles a basic scooter. Even while equipped with features such as cruise control, a digital speedometer, and route tracking, these scooters remain one of the most uncomplicated electric rideables to master.
And with the global population on the rise and the average morning commute becoming more and more overcrowded, it’s not a big surprise that more and more millennials are turning to the electric scooter as their go-to alternative transport. And overall, millennials don’t quite view owning a car quite the same as their Baby Boomer parents. Millennials don’t look at a car and see the unlimited amount of freedom and horizon chasing that their parents did. Instead, they imagine themselves chained to the radiator by a burdensome amount of monthly bills and repairs.
So demand for electric rideables is on the rise. They are light, fun, and don’t require months (or years) of payments. They don’t demand a lot of attention and can be put out of sight and out of mind at the end of the day – not to mention the guilt-free knowledge that they’re rechargeable and don’t add to the greenhouse gas conundrum.
But with a surge of demand for these rideables, manufacturers make more and more changes to the design and features. This can lead to a lot of confusion for buyers!
For instance, SWAGTRON, the leading brand of electric rideables, has two robust e-scooters in their line up that vary in price, specs, and design…but at a glance, it is very hard to tell an immediate difference.
Swagger E-Scooter VS. Swagger Pro: What’s the difference?
Let’s get one thing straight first with an old internet idiom: “They’re sisters, not twins.”
The Swagger and Swagger Pro scooters may look incredibly similar, but they are in fact pretty different – in build, speed, and features.
So…what makes them so different?
Let’s start with the Swagger…
SWAGTRON kicked things off initially starting with the Swagger electric scooter. Designed to be both lightweight and collapsible, the Swagger quickly became the ultimate commuting companion.
Popular in cities such as San Francisco, the Swagger comes with a durable carbon fiber, collapsible frame and weighs only 17 lbs for easy carrying and storage. Commuters can readily fold down their scooter, board a connecting bus or train, and stow their scooter above or beneath a seat, and then unfold and go once they reach their next stop! And the ultimate cherry on top is that this scooter is TSA compliant, so if you need to take your commute an extra step to the airport, you’ll be able to bring your scooter along, hassle-free. And with a range of 4 – 15 miles per single charge, and a charge time as short of 1.5 hours, your Swagger scooter will get you wherever you need to go.
The Swagger also gives riders complete control over their route. With a responsive throttle paired alongside a 250-watt motor, the Swagger can reach up to 15 mph at a time. And with the ability to toggle between 5 dynamic gears, you’ll be able to find the speed you need to reach the top of any hilly route. Meanwhile, dual brakes (handlebar and foot brake combo) ensure a gentle, gradual stop, or even an abrupt emergency stop.
So, where does that leave the Swagger Pro?
The Swagger Pro is – if we are sticking to the “sister-not-twins” scenario – the big sister. Right off the bat, the Pro comes equipped with an extended total range, at 5 – 18 miles per single battery charge. Plus, the battery was upgraded, to boot, meaning it lasts longer and can take you further, faster, and costs less energy.
Just like its little sister scooter, the Swagger, it’s 100% eco-friendly with zero emissions, and is made out of a robust carbon fiber foldable frame – and weighs even less at just 16 lbs!
So, what’s the same?
Both the Swagger and the Swagger Pro are designed with a lightweight, sleek design. They are powerful scooters capable of getting you from Point-A to Point-B, but remains easy on the eyes and hassle-free to carry.
They are both made with a unique tire pattern for traction and grip so they can handle most terrains – plus their larger size means they can tackle most bumps in the sidewalk and transition from soft pavement to hard asphalt without fuss.
Despite being motorized, both scooters are great for kids and adults alike, and are able to support riders up to 250 lbs. And with 5 different gears to toggle between, it’s easy to be in complete control of how fast your scooter is capable of going.
So, what’s the verdict?
If you’re stuck between choosing the Swagger or its more robust sister, the Swagger Pro, it’s worth thinking of a few different variables. How old is the rider you’re buying for? How tall are they? How much do they weigh?
Are they riding to and from a nearby school, or are you purchasing for an on-the-go adult making their way to work?
If you’re a parent looking to see which scooter would fit your child best, the Swagger just might be your best choice. If you’re an adult looking to get the most torc for the price, the Swagger Pro will take you up that hilly commute without breaking a sweat.
However, when it comes right down to brass tax, the ultimate deciding factor is going to be: price.
But no matter what you’re looking for when it comes to an electric scooter, both the Swagger and Swagger Pro are the best performing e-scooters on the market at the best value – that don’t make sacrifices when it comes to quality.
Southern California isn’t exactly known for winter – or even seasons outside of summer. It’s been described wistfully as the land of endless summer. Sun, sand, and – this might be lesser known – one of the original skateboarding scenes in the 1960s and 70s. If surfers weren’t busy carving waves, they could be found pushing new limits riding skateboards along asphalt roads and sidewalks.
But California is more than just beaches – it’s also littered with amazing spots and choice hidden gems, and the stellar weather allows for constant outdoor activity and sun-soaking. And the best part about owning an electric rideable other than incorporating fun into your daily commute is, well, using it during your time off too! So it goes without saying that taking your e-ride on your next outing is a great way to infuse a rush into any grind.But maybe you just don’t quite know where to go?
That’s where we’ve got your back.
We put together a list of all of the sweet local beach scenes for either a long cruise, a scenic must-see, or just s quick stop for a rad cup of coffee…
Stops and Sights in Huntington Beach
- Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail
Ten miles of uninterrupted scenic beach beauty, this trail runs from Sunset Beach all the way down to Newport Beach. The route is entirely paved and well-known amongst cyclists, joggers, and skaters alike. This seemingly-endless stretch is perfect for popping in your headphones and taking your electric longboard out for a long, relaxing cruise.
- Huntington Central Park
Okay so we aren’t talking about New York Central Park, but the Huntington Central Park is THE largest city-owned park in the Orange County area! With over 350 acres, enjoy a breezy ride on your e-scooter (the most ideal choice here) and take a break in the shade while enjoying all of the great amenities the park has to offer.
- The “Secret Spot”
With no website to speak of but not quite so hush-hush as to not have a Yelp or Facebook page, the Secret Spot is a relatively famous but well-kept local secret. It’s a conundrum, but definitely delicious. With a robust vegan and vegetarian menu, plus a full juice/smoothie bar, this bomb dot com spot is absolutely worth hitting up for a burrito – park your e-bike outside and stay for a bite!
Stops and Sights in Long Beach
- Shoreline Marina & Rainbow Harbor
Located in Downtown Long Beach near the famous Aquarium of the Pacific, this long stretch of sidewalk is perfect for taking your electric bike or scooter on a spin – just be sure to share the space with pedestrians!
- Second Street in Belmont Shore
Lined on either side with quaint sidewalk accessed cafes and unique boutiques, the main drag of long sidewalk is nestled snugly near Bayshore Beach. Anyone idly riding their electric skateboard can pick and choose their next lunch spot or cross over into picturesque Naples Island. You can also catch the occasional Sidewalk Chalk Festival for some local flavor.
- Fourth Street, a.k.a. “Retro Row”
Between Junipero and Cherry Avenue, this curious 3-block collection of vintage shops prides itself on its “authentic roots” and its long maintained organic presence in Long Beach. Connected to a network of well-designed bike lanes winding throughout the city, Long beach is often praised as California’s most bike-friendly settings.
It’s totally worth grabbing your electric bike to take a tour of this retro treasure trove. Fun fact: it is low-key most famous for the Hollywood set designers and custom creators who leisurely peruse this community’s strange wares.
Stops and Sights in Los Angeles
- “The Strand” (or the Marvin Braude Bike Trail)
A scenic (and long!) 22-mile paved bike path that hugs the LA coastlines form Will Rogers State Beach all the way up to Torrance County Beach. This means you’ll pass through Santa Monica, Venice, and Manhattan Beach – good thing you won’t have to pedal! Pack a lunch and make a beach picnic at your favorite spot.
- The Glendale Narrows (or the Elysian Valley bike path)
A scenic (and long!) 22-mile paved bike path that hugs the LA coastlines form Will Rogers State Beach all the way up to Torrance County Beach. This means you’ll pass through Santa Monica, Venice, and Manhattan Beach – good thing you won’t have to pedal! Pack a lunch and make a beach picnic at your favorite spot.
- Palos Verdes Donut Loop (or “PV Donut Loop”)
Brace yourselves… This 28-mile loop is not for the faint of heart…but with a little extra boost you get out of an electric motor with some watts to lend you some added help, well, you’ll be able to take in the natural beauty instead of sweating it. This trail begins in Redondo Beach and wraps parallel to the sparkling Pacific Ocean all the way back inward and up to Redondo again. Pro tip: a lot of Donut Loop veterans recommend taking this bad boy clockwise for easy navigating. And bring lots and lots of water – even if you are using an e-bike. (Trust us, 28 miles is a long time).
Whether you’ve been looking to get outside just a little bit more over the weekend or actually put your favorite electric bike or e-scooter through its paces, there are plenty of places for you to visit or find adventure.
Just make sure before any long haul that your rideable’s batteries are fully charged, and if you plan to take a break, maybe stop off at a cafe or restaurant and give your ride a quick charge, just in case.
So don’t grab a random car ride with a stranger, and don’t waste the good weather driving yourself to your new favorite spot. Hope on your favorite electric rideable and get in some exploring – soak in the sun, new sights and sounds, and most of all: have fun.
Did you ever play that game as a kid where everyone went around in a circle and answered what kind of superpower you would choose? Some kids would choose invisibility, others super strength, but I guarantee you, several kids (myself included) would give the most obvious answer: flying.
Who didn’t gaze up at planes passing overhead with awe? Who didn’t have a secret fantasy of skimming clouds with your fingertips? Ever since we could cast our eyes the sky, people have dreamed of lifting themselves off the ground…but sadly we were never meant to fly – so instead, we got inventive. And aviation was born.
From the first biplane to the RC plane/helicopter craze of the early 2000s, we’ve only grown more and more obsessed with creating and manipulating crafts with which we can fly vicariously. So it was no big surprise when quadcopters (or, more commonly known as “drones”) used by the military were miniaturized were suddenly made available for everyday civilian use became the next big obsession.
They were everywhere and used for everything.
Deliveries. Journalism photography. Heck, it even became its own competitive sport.
With so many different makes and uses, there is an almost unlimited amount of ways you can put your drone through its paces…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of years, you’ve more than likely heard of competitive drone racing.
The sport’s roots began in 2014 in Australia as an amateur motorsport. These crafts are designed to be lightweight and have a camera mounted directly onto the quad’s body. Pilots will stream footage from their places on the ground – either by using a monitor or specialized headsets.
The video streamed from the drones allows pilots to directly see what the drone sees, thus the unsubtle moniker of First Person View (FPV) quads.
Racing drones differ from their photography quad counterparts in that they are designed to be as light and agile as possible for faster forward movement.
Drone photography and videography have both become almost the norm when it comes to modern cinematography. If you’re looking to capture video or pictures of that radiant horizon sunset, a quality quad equipped with a particularly exceptional camera is a must-have.
Taking shots or footage while your drone hovers obediently overhead opens entirely new avenues of cinematic possibilities. Why? Because flying at higher altitudes gives your camera a wider field of vision and when it comes to fitting a mountain range or those infamously tall redwoods into a single frame, it might just give you just the advantage you need for that perfect alignment.
Pro tip: Be sure to invest in an FPV drone to tweak shots to your exact specifications. Why? The beauty of using a First Person View camera to boost the quality is that it enables you to capture just what you had in mind.
This particular use of quadcopters with cameras has seen a recent spike in popularity due to the breathtaking overhead shots at sweeping angles. Couples who selected an outdoor venue or destination location (i.e.: a pebbled beach with a scenic ocean view) can readily utilize aerial photography or video to fully capture their ceremony and landscape. The unique footage/photos will add an over-the-top touch of flair to any wedding video or album!
Pro-tip: it is recommended that families seeking to use this new way to document memories hire a professional drone pilot. This ensures that the photos/video taken will come out the best.
Real Estate Photography/Video
Real Estate agents have gotten ambitious in the last few years with the application of FPV drones to capture aerial footage of large homes and properties. Back in the day, some agents would go out of their way to hire helicopter pilots and film overhead footage. With the use of quadcopters, agents can now drastically cut back on the price of capturing that panoramic aerial footage. These hi-def videos/photos offer agents a chance to give potential buyers an online tour.
Typically, large companies would rent an airplane or helicopter to help survey potentially hazardous electrical lines or gas outlets. Now, though, companies can utilize drones in order to assess which parts of any project or property are in need of repair – all while minimizing worker risk or injury.
Employing a quad pilot with a good eye can also help companies keep track of vital materials, prevent theft, boost owner visibility, and supply essential information regarding design alterations or flaws.
Just like companies can use their drones for construction/design surveying, any homeowner can employ a helpful drone-friend to help find anything in need of repairs around your property. From finding a hole in the roof that requires patching to mapping out a new space to build your next backyard project, the possibilities are almost endless.
Know before you take-off…
While there are seemingly endless possibilities on how you can use your new quadcopter, it is important to read up on the rules before you fly – because there are laws established and regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) all pilots must observe.
1. Get your license
All pilots must take the FAA approved test in order to receive their remote pilot certificate.
2. Register your drone
Depending on whether you’re using your quadcopter for recreational or commercial use, you might need to register your drone. If you’re unsure, the FAA has kindly provided a list of quad registrations according to state for both “hobbyists” & “non-hobbyists.”
3. Keep clear of airports
All quads are not allowed in a five-mile radius of airports!
4. Google the drone laws in your state
Each state has varying regulations on the use of drones/cameras – i.e.: it is not legal in the state of California to use a drone to film a person without their consent.
So, if you’re ready to take your hobby or next big business venture to the sky, it’s worth putting in a little practice, research, and patience. Happy flying!